We drove 2 1/2 hours north on Friday to the Statesville Balloon Festival. It was supposed to have lift off at 4:30 Friday and more activities starting 8 a.m. on Sat. Unfortunately the rain canceled the flights so we went to wineries instead and waited for beautiful weather at 3:30 on Saturday afternoon and evening and early Sunday morning. There were about 55 balloons and it was beautiful. Plenty of people there but not crowded. Lots of food, music and an all around family friendly wonderful experience. They did give rides but they aere $200 a person. The night time balloon lighting was especially beautiful. I encourage you to read a little about the history of this festival and some answers to frequently asked questions about hot air balloons. I thought it was interesting.
I think the photos say the rest.